Senior Development Writer

Physicians for Human Rights

About the organization

For more than 30 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has used science and medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We investigate and document abuses, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held accountable for their crimes. PHR uses our core disciplines – science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of frontline human rights defenders. We work closely with hundreds of partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that survivors can seek justice.

PHR, which shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our work to end the scourge of landmines, is poised for even greater growth and impact. As part of that strategy, we are seeking committed activists with a passion for human rights.


The senior development writer at PHR prepares persuasive fundraising and institutional development materials for a wide range of audiences, including foundations, governments, corporations, and individual major donors. This position collaborates with PHR’s program departments to clearly and compellingly convey the urgent work PHR is doing to protect and advance human rights around the globe through grant proposals, donor reports, talking points, and briefs. The senior development writer is fluent in a variety of styles, ranging from narrative storytelling to highly technical writing, and can navigate a complex workload while moving from project to project with ease. This position requires strategic thinking, excellent project management skills, and deep knowledge of PHR’s mission, values, and goals.
This senior development writer is a key member of the development team and reports to the director of institutional development in New York City.
Reports to: Director of Institutional Development
•Learn and maintain a deep working knowledge of PHR and its mission, values, strategic goals, and programs.•Proactively gather information related to multiple varied and complex programs, and convey this information succinctly and compellingly, tailored to different audiences.•Partner with program departments to write, edit and format grant proposals, reports, cover letters, donor communications, and related materials.


• At least 10 years of experience in grant writing, journalism, or programmatic research/writing, preferably for advocacy or mission-driven organizations.
• Demonstrated track record of success securing grants from foundations, governments, corporate funders, and individuals.
• Knowledge of fundraising principles.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Google Suites.
• Highly detail-oriented and organized with superior research and editing skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities.
• Ability to plan for and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work effectively with people of different backgrounds lived experiences and communication styles.
• Commitment to advancing human rights.

PHR offers competitive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.
More information about Physicians for Human Rights can be found at

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To Apply
Please combine your cover letter and resume as one pdf document (no longer than 3 pages) and send it to [email protected] Indicate your “Last Name/First Name, Senior Development Writer” in the email subject line. A complete application consists of:
a) A thoughtful Cover letter explaining why you are qualified for/interested in the Senior Development Writer position with PHR.
b) Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
Only complete applications in the format requested sent to [email protected] will be considered.

Physicians for Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. We recruit and hire without discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status, or age.

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